Iraq's new premier takes helm as country battles multiple crises

Source: The Independent - View Original Article
Published: May 07, 2020
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Sentiments

98% "The US and Iran rivalry is increasingly being played out in Iraq, both militarily, with attacks on American bases by Iranian-backed Shia militias, and ..."
94% "This government has come as a response to the social, political and economic crisis our country is facing, he said.""
93% "Mustafa al-Kadhimi, a former journalist who served for several years as head of intelligence, has perhaps the toughest job in world politics.""
92% "With his government in place and his premiership secured, Mr Kadhimi becomes a rare Iraqi prime minister hailing from outside the cloister of Kurdish ..."
90% "Mr Kadhimi appears to have won the acquiescence of the powerful political blocs that dominate parliament and also has a partner in Iraq's president ..."
89% "A majority of parliament approved his cabinet late Wednesday night, but refused to give his picks for key positions the green light, leaving him ..."
87% "He believes he can change incrementally, slowly within the system.""
86% "He is taking the helm as prime minister of Iraq at a nadir in the country's security and economy.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

98% : The US and Iran rivalry is increasingly being played out in Iraq, both militarily, with attacks on American bases by Iranian-backed Shia militias, and politically, in strong-arm pressure on Baghdad politicians.
94% : "This government has come as a response to the social, political and economic crisis our country is facing," he said.
93% : Mustafa al-Kadhimi, a former journalist who served for several years as head of intelligence, has perhaps the toughest job in world politics.
92% : With his government in place and his premiership secured, Mr Kadhimi becomes a rare Iraqi prime minister hailing from outside the cloister of Kurdish and Shia Muslims that have dominated politics since the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein by US forces.
90% : Mr Kadhimi appears to have won the acquiescence of the powerful political blocs that dominate parliament and also has a partner in Iraq's president Barham Saleh, an Iraqi Kurd who is reform-minded and has a measure of independence outside of the entrenched political system.
89% : A majority of parliament approved his cabinet late Wednesday night, but refused to give his picks for key positions the green light, leaving him for now without ministers of foreign affairs and oil, as well as trade, agriculture, migration, justice and culture.
87% : Mr Kadhimi, who spent his exile years in Iran, the United Kingdom, and Germany, is a politically savvy, multilingual, 52-year-old who has managed to win the grudging trust of the leadership in Tehran as well as the confidence of Washington.
87% : He has promised to prosecute those who killed protesters and to hold early general elections, perhaps within a year, as a peace offering.
87% : He believes he can change incrementally, slowly within the system.
86% : He is taking the helm as prime minister of Iraq at a nadir in the country's security and economy.
86% : "Mustafa and Barham are very close and see eye to eye," said Renad Mansour, an Iraq specialist at Chatham House.
85% : "In the current circumstances, he's a good choice."
85% : He wants a chance and he thinks he could pursue reform, but he wants to do it by playing the same game."
83% : "He's someone of the system and believes in the system.
81% : Having a prime minister who doesn't have a political party is very difficult."
81% : But Mr Kadhimi's biggest challenge may be in reviving a moribund economy.
80% : Analysts have noted a rising surge of Isis attacks around the country as the group exploits the distraction of officials and the withdrawal of international forces because of coronavirus fears to increase attacks and bolster its positions.
80% : Tied somewhat to the state of the economy is a protest movement credited with pushing out the government of former prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
79% : He's got some good experience with the intelligence service and he'll bring that to the table, bringing balance to foreign relations," said Sajad Jiyad, an Iraqi analyst based in Baghdad.
77% : After all, he was the head of intelligence when the security forces killed hundreds of protesters last year.
73% : "This is a government that will provide a solution, not add to the crises."
71% : Mr Kadhimi, whose premiership ends for now months of political stalemate and drift, acknowledged the gravity of Iraq's problems in his first remarks after the vote.
71% : "They discussed the urgent hard work ahead for the Iraqi government, implementing reforms, addressing Covid-19, and fighting corruption," said a State Department readout of the call.
68% : With oil prices at record lows, Iraq may soon need to dip into its reserves to pay public salaries, potentially hurting the value of the dinar and spurring inflation.
65% : Mr Mansour said Mr Kadhimi also reached out to several noted scholars with ties to civil society in attempts to woo them into the cabinet, but none made it to any position.
64% : A simmering protest movement demanding radical change has departed from the streets only because the deadly coronavirus pandemic has prompted a lockdown.
64% : "There's Mustafa, the person who is this individual, who is a liberal and has always sided with the protests and tried to help with civil society," Mr Mansour said.
60% : But the bigger question is to what extent he's now accountable to the parties.
58% : On Tuesday, Isis released photos purporting to show an attack on Iraqi armed forces near the Saudi border.
56% : US secretary of state Mike Pompeo was among Mr Kadhimi's first calls after his government was approved.
56% : Mr Kadhimi inherits a country with major security worries.
46% : In an olive branch to the fledgeling leader, the US extended a four-month waiver to allow Iraq to import electricity from Iran despite sanctions in what Washington described as "a display of our desire to help provide the right conditions for success".
45% : He's not from the parties.
44% : Isis is making a comeback, even as Iran and the United States continue to face off against each other on Iraqi territory.
43% : "One of his challenges is to make sure Iraq doesn't suffer because of the tensions between those two countries, make sure he doesn't seem to be favouring one over the other," said Mr Jiyad.
33% : Record-low oil prices threaten the lifeblood of the economy, potentially making paying public salaries a challenge in the future.
27% : Mr Kadhimi was originally a darling of the protesters but has since lost favour.
19% : "They have formal institutional roles in the Iraqi state.

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